The defining quality of the world into which our students are born as compared to the one their parents grew up in is undoubtedly the degree to which Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has permeated society. This trend of increasing access to information via the tools of modern technology is unrelenting. Therefore the world of tomorrow in which our students will study, work and ultimately lead will require them to possess ICT skills that are second to none.
BSK students experience ICT both as a discrete subject and also as embedded skills development within all other subjects.
In Years 6-8, ICT is delivered as an integral part of all subjects studied. In particular, ICT is taught during Social Studies, which is an innovative programme co-developed by the Social Studies and ICT teams. The Social Studies courses combine the requirements of the Kuwait Ministry of Education mandated Social Studies programme with the English National Curriculum for ICT at Key Stages 2 and 3.
In Year 9, students attend dedicated ICT lessons in which they use cutting-edge software packages to enhance their skills in preparation either for continued ICT study or for application in the other subjects of their choice. For students who opt to take IGCSE ICT in Years 10 and 11, these skills are taken further and successful students will certainly find themselves in possession of the high-value skills required in the modern workplace.
Students whose achievements at IGCSE merit a place on the AS Level Applied ICT course experience a programme of study that requires a high degree of self-motivation and personal time management. The focus of the course encompasses the world of multimedia design together with data modelling and database development.
In Year 13, the A2 courses move into programming and IT project management, culminating in students developing a fully feature rich stand-alone database solution in a project that they manage from conception to completion. Our previous students have commented that these skills have given them a real edge over their fellow students at university when faced with the demands of higher education.
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